Good, now, the next step is to define which god. If you believe in a god, you can't make the assumption that the Christian God is the only one. It could be one of the Hindi gods or Buddha or Muslim or one of the many aboriginal gods.
And therein lies the rub. The problem that folks have had in this and many other arguments is not a hatred of folks who believe, that is a false argument. The argument all along has been that the Christians have placed themselves on a level to believe that their God and their Bible is somehow more important and more relevant that that of other religions and of other folks. By pushing to have many of those beliefs, from homosexual issues to pro life issues to marriage issues defined by biblical definitions and by Christian beliefs, the Christians have removed themselves from believers to an activist PAC. That is what folks are fighting, not folks personal beliefs. You have a right to believe whatever you want, no matter how smart or dumb I might find it.
And your bias is only just slightly less pronounced as compared to Dope's. No doubt due in no small part to your advanced maturity.
There is no need to define which God. I can respect all religious faiths. I can respect atheists as well.
This is a discussion about denigrating the beliefs or views of others so that you may feel your beliefs are superior.
I believe that the God I worship is supreme. I also believe he is the same God that followers of the Prohpet Mohammed call Allah, the Jews call Yahweh, etc.
I think that Christ was sent by God to show us the way.
This is where people get so mixed up. Christ was the example to follow. He lived a life free of Sin. What you do as a Jew or Muslim when you worship or as any other Religious tradition does not matter in my view. Religion is a set of rituals that are supposed to enable you to better follow what God has planned for you.
I think a lot of people get hung up on:
"I am the way the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father BUT BY ME."
People get tripped up by this. Jesus was saying that he is the example. God sent him to show us.
Let me put forth an analogy here. If I were to write down the step by step process of how to change your brake pads how well would you be able to do the process?
Now what if I added pictures?
Now what if I sent a certified Tech (not from Broadway Mercedes) to your home with all the correct tools and he walked you through it?
Now which way is the better way to learn how to do a brake job? Obviously having the Tech there with you is the best way.
The second best way is describing what the technician did.
This is my point. Jesus Christ was the Technician. He came to Earth to show us how to live our lives. Christ didn't care what Religion you were. He cared that you live a good life.
People over the centuries have taken that and over reached. The catholic church, the crusades, the Muslim Jihads, just to name a scant few.
I choose to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I do my best to live my life as he did. I fail miserably a lot. I beg forgiveness from my heart and do my best to not sin.
This then begs the question, can you do this and not profess a specific religion but still live a good life? Absolutely you can. You can be a good person and live a life that is good. The real question though is will you have eternal life in the kingdom of God? That answer is no. You must acknowledge that God is omnipotent and that he is King.
He is very clear about that.